Remember, a while back I told you that I had been invited to go and speak at a Medical Conference in Rome?
Well, it is official. I have accepted their invitation, and it looks like I will be spending a few days in Rome in mid December! If you have an interest in the Conference, or you just want to check it out and see where I will be speaking, here is a link to the 26th International Conference on Clinical Diabetes.
I just got the news a few minutes ago. Right now, I am experiencing multiple feelings about it:
- Thinking of all of the things I need to do to be ready!
So, let’s look at each of my feelings and my reasons for having those feelings.
Well, of course I am excited! I will be going to Europe! It has been many years since I was in Europe, I guess around 45 years or so, when I was still a child. I did visit Rome before, but I don’t even remember it.
Another factor is that I have been living in the Philippines for more than 17 years now, and have never left the country since then. So this will be my first International Travel in a long, long time, and I am excited for it.
Another big reason for my excitement is that I have never spoken at a medical conference before (although I have done other types of public speaking), so this will be a first for me. Also, I feel that I have some fantastic things to share. The attendees will be doctors and researchers who work with diabetes. I was diabetic for 25 years, but it is gone now.
I am nervous! Really nervous. This will be a new experience for me. Also, the fact that I am not a doctor or in any way involved in the medical field, but I will be speaking to medical professionals is very frightening. I can only go and speak about my own personal experiences in layman’s terms. Speaking to a room full of doctors and medical researchers (and speaking about medical things) is intimidating. But, I have time to psyche myself up for this, so I am sure I will be OK.
I do believe in my message. I also feel that my personal story is inspirational (I have been told so many times). I doubt that most of these doctors have severe diabetes patients who have turned the disease around as completely as I have, or after so many years. Heck, most of them believe that it is impossible to turn diabetes around. All I can do though is “testify” as to what has happened to me, and how I did it. It does make me both nervous and excited!
Even though the conference is a good 6 months away, there are a lot of things I need to accomplish before then! Off the top of my head, here are some of the things that I need to prepare.
Lose more Weight
I am currently in the 250 pound range. Ultimately, it would be great if I could get down to 200 before going to Rome. Going to speak about success medically, I want to be looking good. If I go as I am now, and show comparison pictures of what I looked like at 430 lb, it will make a big impact, but even a bigger impact if I am much less. I feel pretty good about being able to lose at least 30 pounds before December, and I think there is a good shot at 50 pounds. I have to make sure to keep eating right and exercising too! This will be a good motivation for me to do so!
Prepare a Presentation
I already have an idea of what I am going to speak about, the format, etc. I will explain my journey in life. My health over the years. My diabetes. The stroke in 2001. The heart attack last year, and lots of other diabetes related events over the years. Then I will tell what changes I made, the diet I am eating, information about fasting, what I do and how it works for me. I will tell about the results that I have experienced, show some numbers like medical tests and such. I hope I can get some testimonials from my doctors, maybe even some video of them talking about what I have achieved, that would be a nice addition to the presentation.
I just have to work hard to put it all together into a nice format, and I will try to do a few speaking engagements locally in the coming months for practice of the presentation.
Such a great surprise
This certainly did come as a surprise to me when I got the invitation. Now that it appears to have all come together, it is even more surprising, and exciting. I can’t wait… although I need the time so I can be prepared!
In the last article I speculated that I wonder if they are going to ambush me. A lot of the medical community does not believe in Low Carb, Fasting and such, and does not even believe that diabetes is a reversible disease. So, maybe they are just out to ambush me? Some people say that is what I should expect, other say that it won’t happen. I tend to think there will be no ambush.
But, if it is an ambush, I can handle that, and actually make it fun. I am only going to speak about what has worked for me. If you look at a picture of me at 430 pounds and a picture of me today (or in December when I go to Rome) how could anybody argue? If I stay away (which I will) from making any medical type claims, I see no way that anybody could really argue. My experience is my experience. I can’t and won’t say that what worked for me will work for others, certainly not for everybody. I don’t feel worried about the ambush aspect.
When I last wrote about this, I told you that the conference people would not pay much (anything) in the way of travel expenses and such. Through some friends and people who left comments, I have learned that this is the norm. Only big Keynote speakers will get that kind of funding covered.
- There are a lot of benefits to me. Get my name out there and establish myself in this field in case I want to expand on this kind of thing.
- Meet the right people in this field who could both assist me further and also may be people I could collaborate with in the future.
- Several people told me after the last article that they would be willing to contribute toward the funding. If they do so, that would be great, but one way or another I am not going to pass this up over money.
If there is anybody would like to help out with funding for the site and especially for the trip, you are welcome to visit my Patreon page and sponsor me. I have sponsorship packages starting at just $1 per month and up from there. And, depending on your level of sponsorship you will get premium content from this site that is not available to others!
So, heading to Rome! Should be fun!